A reading of Altenberg’s selected prose by writer and translator Peter Wortsman.
Saturday, October 15, 8 p.m.
Peter Wortsman will read from “Telegrams of the Soul,” his selection and translation of Altenberg’s work published by Archipelago Books.
The prototypical Bohemian Coffeehouse poet who designed his own clothes and lived like an urban nomad, Peter Altenberg was a favorite of Thomas Mann, Arthur Schnitzler and Karl Kraus. He was a virtuoso Fin-de-Siecle Viennese innovator of what he called the “telegram style” of writing. Inspired by the prose poems of Charles Baudelaire and the Feuilleton – a light journalistic reflection of his day – he carved out a spare, strikingly modern aesthetic that speaks with an eerie prescience to our own impatient time. He lived in Vienna from 1859 to 1919.
Short story writer, playwright, poet and translator, Peter Wortsman, the son of Viennese émigrés, likewise favors brevity.
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